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The Magic Rocket
     

The Magic Rocket

by Steven Kroll, Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)
 

Felix's dog, Atom, is abducted by a flying saucer and Felix must rescue him by following in a magic rocket. A great adventure story with very exciting sound effects.

A fantastic adventure with a wonderful premise: a toy rocket grows to life-size proportions just in time for its young new owner, Felix, to chase after a space alien who has kidnapped his pet dog

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Felix's dog, Atom, is abducted by a flying saucer and Felix must rescue him by following in a magic rocket. A great adventure story with very exciting sound effects.

A fantastic adventure with a wonderful premise: a toy rocket grows to life-size proportions just in time for its young new owner, Felix, to chase after a space alien who has kidnapped his pet dog, Atom. Battles ensue high up in orbit as Felix finally retrieves Atom from the horrible alien with the help of the rocket's on board computer. Tremendously exciting sound effects accompany the adult and child reading of this imaginative adventure. Kids will want to view it over and over!

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- A fantastic adventure with a promising premise: a magical toy rocket grows to life-size just in time for its young owner, Felix, to pursue a space alien who has kidnapped his dog, Atom. Unfortunately, the flat, matter-of-fact tone of the text diminishes the appeal of the eventful story and makes it difficult to become engaged with Kroll's characters. Felix is little more than the willing pawn of the benevolent rocket/computer that directs his every move. Another weakness is the short, choppy sentences, which contrast strongly with the generally sophisticated vocabulary. The variability of the text calls into question the intended audience. Children will be attracted by the humorous pictures and popular subject matter. Indeed, the illustrations are appealing, showing Felix as a skinny, bespectacled space buff; his dog as a lovable, spotted mutt; and the menancing alien as a red, ant-shaped, human-sized creature. While the story never really gets off the ground, the page layouts are good, with borders reminiscent of starry skies and effective placement of the text. Many young readers won't mind the brisk tone or the slight variations in style; they'll just go along for the ride in The Magic Rocket.--Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823409167
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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